Album Review

Story of Modern Farming, The – “Someone New ” – [D’Autres Cordes]

Max Level   12/4/2007   A Library, CD

Strangely beautiful material from this European duo. Jessica Sligter (Netherlands) writes and sings the lyrics, also playing keyboards, electronics, and a bit of guitar. Louise Eckardt Jensen (Denmark) is on alto sax and xylophone. Sligter’s lyrics are quite personal, but sort of scattered and unfinished-sounding. They hit the mark in that some things are revealed to us and some are not, and, really, isn’t that the way life is? Her vocal style is jazz-influenced and I like the way her voice is often multitracked, creating the impression of an inner conversation being overheard. The music provides an interesting setting for the lyrics; it too seems somewhat scattered and occasionally unfinished- sounding, and often seems to be commenting on the proceedings, rather than actually stating anything by itself. #6 is an exception: a wonderful soundscape type of piece full of dense electronic noises and blazing sax lines. Another fine, unsettling release from D’Autres Cordes.

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